5 on 5 with Superior Masonry Builders, Inc.
Contractor to Contractor
By Tim O’Toole
The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently sat down with Mark Kemp, CEO and owner of Superior Masonry Builders, Inc. to discuss the history of Superior Masonry Builders, Inc., challenges he’s faced, and the future of the masonry industry.
MCAA: Tell us about the history of your company.
The family-owned business is currently under second-generation ownership and will be passed into the hands of the third generation soon. Co-founded by Richard Kemp, Superior is now run by his son, Mark Kemp, CEO and owner, and will eventually be run by my son, Brian Kemp, president. Superior bas always been very active in the masonry industry; in fact, Superior has the
honor of having two different people serve as Chairman of the MCAA.
MCAA: What do you think has been the key to your company's success?
Kemp: The success that the company experiences today is thanks to its high-quality employees and certified tradesmen. I am immensely proud of our team. "They are responsible for the values and integrity that we bring to our work." Any company is only as good as the people who make it up. Superior's employees are the foundation that makes everything work day in and day out. You can buy equipment but your employees are your greatest asset.
MCAA: What advice would you offer a budding mason contractor?
Kemp: Start small and grow with your company. Never think being the biggest is best and stay true to what you do best until you have a solid foundation under you. Surround yourself with the best people you can find and make sure you treat them fairly. Remember good employees will make you successful, they are your future.
One last piece of advice to save for the rainy day. There are a lot of ups and downs in
the construction industry so when times are good put some reserves away for that rainy day.
Kemp: Masonry is a great product and we need to educate designers, architects and engineers about all the positive things masonry has to offer, so I guess I am saying marketing. We need to show how and why masonry should be the system of choice. Just think of all the advantages masonry has to offer - durability, flexibility from a design point, energy efficient, and green are just a few.
MCAA: What is your favorite aspect of being a member of the MCAA?
Kemp: The networking has been unbelievable. Not only have I made some great friends, I have also learned I can pick the phone up and call them about a problem I might be having and how they might handle it.
Another thing is just giving back to the industry that has been good to me throughout my career. I get great satisfaction knowing I have done my part to make masonry the best industry out there.
About the Author
Tim O’Toole is the Director of Marketing, Education, and Information Technology for the MCAA. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and has worked in the masonry industry since 2003.